Earlier this week, Intel (in conjunction with our analyst friends at Techaisle) released the results from a study citing that on average, small business workers lose more than one work week per year because of old PCs. According to the Intel Small Business PC Refresh Study, small businesses are holding onto PCs significantly beyond the recommended refresh date, with more than 36 percent owning PCs that are more than 4 years old. These machines require more maintenance, exerting a greater toll on employee productivity and higher equipment costs than the purchase of a new machine.
"Upgrading to new PCs is one of the wisest choices a small business can make," said Rick Echevarria, vice president of PC Client Group and general manager of Business Client Platform Division at Intel. "PCs are largely considered the foundation for many of these companies, and this study makes a clear cut case for refreshing them on a regular basis."
According to a press release issued by Intel, key findings from the research include:
· Older PCs negatively impact work performance – On average, employees lose 21 more hours by using a PC that is 4 years or older due to time needed for repairs, maintenance and security issues as compared to PCs that are less than 4 years old. Repair and maintenance is 1.5 times more frequent on PCs that are 4 years or older.
· Repair costs for older PCs either equal or exceed the purchase price of new PCs – Small businesses are spending an average of $427 to repair a PC that is 4 years or older. This is 1.3 times the repair cost of PCs that are less than 4 years old.
· Security risks and other costs will increase in 2014 – Forty-seven percent of respondents were unaware that Microsoft is ending service support for the popular Windows XP* platform, placing a higher maintenance burden directly on small businesses. Moreover, since automatic updates will no longer be provided to help protect PCs, valuable business data is more vulnerable to security risks and viruses.
· Small businesses in the United States are using the oldest PCs – Of the countries surveyed, 8 percent of small businesses in the United States are running PCs that are 5 years or older, in contrast to only 5 percent of small businesses worldwide and 1 percent in India.
Survey respondents consisted of IT decision-makers with a sampling quota fixed by employee size categories. Results on this study prepared by TechAisle are available for download at intel.com.
For more information on this survey, its methodology and findings, you can also click here to download the Q3 issue of SMB Nation magazine, which includes the regular Perceptions column written by Techaisle CEO Anurag Agrawal, who discusses the survey in detail.